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Google adds Play Instant games to prove Android Instant Apps to devs

20 March, 2018, 04:29 | Author: Lydia Fleming
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Given how Google Play Instant works, of course, this could change in the future; developers may allow players to transition from Instant to the full game seamlessly with an in-app download, for example, or the Instant content could serve as a prologue to the full game.

For now, there are a limited number of titles that are compatible with Google Play Instant, but it's a number that's sure to grow over time. At its 2018 developer keynote, Google today unveiled an extension of Instant Apps aimed at games.

The list of games that are available under the Google Play Instant section on Play Store is now limited but big titles like Clash Royale and Final Fantasy are already available to try through the new service on Play Store.

Google Play Instant is Google's new killer feature for indecisive Android users who, like me, never know if they really want to take the plunge on a new game. We got to try a few games ahead of time, and while you do need to wait a few seconds here and there, getting into the full experience of the game happens quickly and without any major delay, at least on the WiFi connection we were on.


Users with the latest update of Google Play will be able to test games without a full download. The main advantage of these Instant games, though, is that users can try the game without having to install anything.

Instant apps are Google's solution. While Instant Apps functionality is nothing new by now, its focus has been on productivity titles and services. The apps also don't save anything to the phone or generate an icon; it's a one-time experience after you load up the instant app. The latest update version is 2.2.118 in the Google Play Store.

Unsurprisingly, some developers now make better use of that limited file size than others. We're thrilled to announce that instant apps is now available for games. So, we had a closed Beta, we brought in game developers and it's very much possible.

Kochikar said a Google engineering director plans to meet developers at this week's conference to brainstorm uses for machine learning, a form of artificial intelligence that enables data analysis and prediction.

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